The 'Health Care' Bill the House Just Passed Makes Being a Woman a Pre-Existing Condition

On October 7, 2016, when the Hollywood Access tape was released featuring the man who is now our president bragging about grabbing women by the pussy, Donald Trump dismissed it as “locker room banter,” and claimed it was no reflection of how he actually felt about women.

"I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” he said following the release. “I've said things that, frankly, you hear these things I said. And I was embarrassed by it. But I have tremendous respect for women. And women have respect for me.”

A great many people gave Trump the benefit of doubt — indeed the majority of white women voted for him. But yesterday, by signing an executive order purported to protect religious liberty and working to revoke part of the Affordable Care Act with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the president made it exceedingly clear that his administration does not respect women.

The right to decide when and whether to have a family is fundamental to women’s equality in the workforce and society. Birth control and the right to abortion enable women to plan whether and when to have children, to pursue education and careers. This is how we are empowered to lead full and healthy lives.

We cannot go quietly back to the 1950s.

Yesterday’s executive order on religious exemptions signaled to employers that the government may say that if they object to birth control on religious grounds, they can deny contraceptive coverage as part of the healthcare plans for employees. This, coupled with the House’s repeal of part of the Affordable Care Act, could simultaneously limit women’s access to contraception and abortion, forcing many women into motherhood against their will.

If this sounds like a bad idea, wait, because it gets worse. In addition to taking away access to birth control coverage and potentially forcing women to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term, Trump’s proposed health care bill would then further punish women by allowing insurance companies to deny maternity and newborn care in their insurance plans.

That’s right. Trumpcare, combined with his executive order, could make it okay to deny women contraception coverage, abortion coverage, maternity coverage, and newborn care coverage.

Yes, it sounds like a misogynistic plot from the Handmaid’s Tale. But wait, it gets crueler. It turns out Trumpcare essentially makes being a woman a pre-existing condition.

The bill allows states to waive protections for pre-existing conditions and allow insurers to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for their coverage. These could include pregnancy, C-sections, breast cancer and even treatment for domestic violence and sexual assault. (This is particularly rich, considering this president doesn’t believe grabbing a woman by the genitals is sexual assault.)

And just when you thought the Trump administration had reached the apex of cruelty, there’s more.

Another provision of the new healthcare bill would require new moms to find a job within 60 days of having a baby or lose their health insurance. (The bill makes an exception for mothers if their child has a disability or they’re an only parent or they care for a child under the age of 6.) Sixty days after giving birth, most new mothers are still adjusting, may still need time to recover from childbirth, and may even face health challenges.

We simply can’t allow this to happen. So women, to the millions of you who turned out in pussy hats to protest the day after the inauguration, contact your senators. The House passed the bill, but the Senate can kill it or fix it. So tell your senator to vote against Trumpcare.

We cannot go quietly back to the 1950s.

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A womans body needs to recover,since we acually carry the child,And deliver it.You need 60 days off for blowing your wad? Jerk


We should have child limit policy like China. At least they acknowledge population explosion is a problem even while Africans starve to death. To go a step further we should have income requirements and proof of care before a kid is allowed. Birthing a kid is not a right, it's a responsibility that must be guarded. The kid didn't ask to be here in your shitty world.


So, unless I'm wrong about a commonly known biological fact, men can't breast feed. And since most companies won't let you bring your baby to work to nurse, it kind of makes it difficult. And the only reason women put children in daycare is if they don't have family who are able to stay home with the baby while they work (because we'd rather have someone watch our child than a stranger and frankly we can't afford daycare unless we are working).
The FMLA act by the way allows men and women who work for companies with over 50 employees the right to take 12 weeks off after birth or adoption without loosing their jobs. That's 3 months. Yet this is in direct opposition to that citing 60 days after birth to get a job if you don't have one.
The U.S. is the only developed nation that doesn't mandate a formal paid leave policy for new mothers. So it seems that most developed countries around the world seem to value the fact that women not only give birth to a human being, nurse said human being, need time to physically recover from said birth (because you know...small things like our organs are moved around to accommodate the baby), and most times women are the primary caregiver of said child.
If congress was fair, men and women would have paid leave for 3 months after birth.


Paternity exists....some company's even pay for a father to take time off.

Just a Nurse

In a just world the father should be able to pick up after the Mom is done with work leave or help during the adjustment periods after the birth of a child.
Men, if you truly care about the welfare of your child, make sure the child's Momma is physically and mentally healthy enough to care for your child. Women die from complications of childbirth than most realize. Women have been known to kill their babies or themselves due to post part depression.


Hahaha... This dumbass doesn't know that this bill screws just about every American with employer subsidized coverage as well - btw - I'd like to request that the roughly $1600 tax subsidy to your employer to help cover the cost of your insurance should be withheld as well - I don't want MY tax dollars keeping ignorant de-evolved shitty human beings alive.


Haha, lucky you. I don't have "insurance" I'm rich enough to be self insured. Hahahaha! I don't pay shit for your health care. With hold that biaches!


Plus we could all have free healthcare, like Australia, if we terminated our foreign wars and cut the military budget by only 5-10%. I'm rich because healthcare isn't free. Want to put me out of business, stop funding wars and fund healthcare. I'm all for it! But I refuse to pay for your 12 kids. There must be rules.


Gender war via comments are a waste of time.


But guys will fire away anyway.

Soooooo much drama, guys....


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